Dubai RTA implemented the final tests of the Dubai World Challenge for Self-Driving Transport. This edition was devoted to Self-Driving Logistics including ground transport means, and drones. Tests were conducted at Dubai Silicon Oasis.

Five companies participated in the tests of the pioneering company’s category: Neolix from China, ARTI from Austria, iAuto from Taiwan, Yandex from Russia, and Kiwi Bot from the United States of America. In the local university’s category, participants were New York University Abu Dhabi, Khalifa University of Science and Technology, Rochester University of Technology in Dubai, American University of Sharjah, University of Sharjah and University of Dubai. Winners will be announced during the Dubai World Challenge for Self-Driving Transport at the end of October 2021.

His Excellency Mattar Al Tayer, Director-General Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of the Roads and Transport Authority expressed his pleasure at the great level of projects participating in the challenge and reaching an advanced stage in innovative technologies to provide self-driving logistics services. He stressed that the joint initiatives would open up broad horizons for the development of the logistics sector, through the use of autonomous ground transportation and drones.

His Excellency Dr Mohammed Al Zarooni, Vice Chairman and CEO of Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority, said: “Dubai is a global test lab, open for the world to pilot advanced technology and fourth industrial revolution solutions, as well as innovative artificial intelligence and smart transport. Dubai Silicon Oasis, as a technology and knowledge hub that drives innovation among the five urban centres of the Dubai 2040 Urban Master Plan, serves as a proof of concept for smart and sustainable transport for the future of Dubai and the UAE – hence our collaboration with the Roads and Transport Authority in Dubai on the Dubai World Challenge for Self-Driving Transport.”

Dr Al Zarooni added: “DSOA’s and the wider Dubai Smart City Strategy embodies the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to transform Dubai into the smartest city in the world. In this edition, the Dubai World Challenge for Self-Driving Transport focuses on self-driving logistics services, including ground transport and drones, strengthening Dubai’s status as a global hub for smart logistics services of the future.”

Source: Government of Dubai RTA